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The profile describes her as arrogant, stubborn, smart, but not as smart as she may think, and someone who thinks she is better than everyone else. She also wants to be a doctor.
I read the pregame which kind of reminded me if like, David Lynch had just had the worst day of his life and then at the end of that day had to do stand-up comedy at a Medieval Times restaurant.
I was in her first pregame thread in which she screams at people to help her find things at a Bed Bath and Beyond. Paris manages to get rid of her through lies and she starts wondering about the weirdly complex names for the scents of the products. She ends up screaming in the store at Darren that something "Smells like freshly cut kitten." I'm not exaggerating on this one, the narrative says she screams it at him. It's so weird that it does kind of make me laugh.
The rest of the comedy doesn't go so far into "What am I watching?" territory so just ends up being a bit uncomfortable.
Next and probably the most relevant to the game, Travis and her get in a fight over space at the gazebo and he's a right douchebag, but she's so unreasonable I'm kind of siding with him. She challenges him to a duel
and he's like "I'm not gonna duel you for standing in the gazeebo" which is fair. She tries to intimidate him with her expansive vocabulary
Aileen wrote:"Travis, I am informed of the fact that you have a finite awareness of the English vocabulary. Assuredly, you would feel invidiousness. Yet I will be magnanimous and I may contemplate diminishing my speech to your standard. Accord?"
Travis wrote:...you sound absolutely fucking ridiculous. What kind of a teenager talks like that, seriously!? I mean, I know some stuck up bitches, don't get me wrong. But even Naomi, who is applying to Yale, doesn't talk like that."
Then she goes to the house of some dude she's never met before to ask him to fix her clock (not a euphemism) and while she's there she asks if he'll take her to prom and he says sure and then go to prom.
A lot of her pregame makes you kind of wonder if she hasn't been told by other people that she's behaving erratically and that it's not good for making friends.
She wakes up and she ends up buddying up with Owen. They come across Lauren and Aileen is hostile so Lauren wants to leave. When she sprints away she commands Owen to stop her but it's too late. Not sure what they'd have done if they caught her anyway. Next they find Naomi and Cammy who allow them to buddy up with them and possibly find escape, but Naomi says they cant waste resources finding people. Cammy thinks Naomi was too harsh in the way she spoke to Owen and departs.
Next morning the three wake up. Owen is crying because the announcements mentioned people he likes, Naomi is shaken, but trying to stay calm. Aileen is like "Good, less competition for me. Also she thinks about how if she had a gun she could boss people around to do what she wanted and if they didn't listen she'd shoot them. Naomi and Owen are unnerved.
Owen wrote: "I... no, I didnt, I... How th-the hell are you still so c-calm? Owen sputtered out at Aileen.
Naomi wrote:But at the same time, Naomi had to wonder if Aileen was mentally subnormal. She was handling this all a little too easily.
They split up, gang! to search the apartments and when Aileen comes back to find Naomi she instead finds Summer is eating a bowl of Naomi spaghetti. Aileen thinks about how that's bad, but like, she doesn't need to worry does she? Owen walks up, screams, and runs away crying.
Aileen wrote:"I swear revengeance upon you, vile villian! ...Later!"
Aileen leaves alone. We coming up on the turning point in Aileen's story so I want to talk about her dialogue for a moment. Up until "Things We Lost in the Fire" it's a chore to read. I know it's a choice on the part of both the writer and the character and it's supposed to be absurd but it just makes me cringe and it makes the first half of her story kind of hard to get through. Example:
Aileen wrote:"Such copacetic clime! Alas, the state of affairs leaves scads of, er..." She had to think briefly about a synonym for "things". "scads of chattles and conditions to be desired."
"Sooooo...." She clasped her fingers. "I do hope that I have not disrupted a confabulation of significance, but I must catechize the whereabouts of a certain Owen Kay. He has gone astray after we witnessed Summer Simms devouring Naomi Bells."
It really grates after awhile and it doesn't help that she appears to have very little concern about the situation. I know the joke is supposed to be that she thinks she's better and smarter than people so this is how she shows it even though it sounds ridiculous and makes people not take her seriously, but it doesn't land with me. Comedy is subjective and I'm joyless.
She meets Joe and she and Joe travel together for awhile, during which time she starts talking like a normal person and that make it a bit easier of a read. Still difficult to mesh with her as a character because it doesn't feel like she has a lot of vulnerability, but that'll change a little in a minute. They come upon Owen yaaay, and Joe leaves but Hansel walks up with a hostage and says they need to give him their stuff or he'll kill her. Owen freaks out and hands over the stuff, Aileen tries for an attack, which is the first time I have related to her so far. Hansel shoots her in the leg. He's hit in the head by a golf ball by Sharon in the bushes and takes their stuff and leaves.
I don't know if Bik was out of town or what but it takes a long time to find out that Aileen was shot and we learn it from Owen because she doesn't get a post for awhile. In the next thread she's bandaged up and has a walking stick. I'm kind of sad we didn't see her pull a Helen and dig the bullet out herself since she wanted to be a doctor. Her medical knowledge actually never pays off.
Following the Hansel encounter her confidence is shaken and she finally starts treating the island as a legitimate threat. Still not good at socializing though. She comes across Jessica and says if she doesn't give them food, she'll kill her. Jessica sees Aileen's leg is hurt so she runs away. Maybe next time, Aileen.
Owen and Aileen are starving and head to the mall being inhabited by Ben Ward. He agrees to give them food and shelter if they'll barricade the mall for him. That's a really interesting set up and I like it. Aileen and Owen get to work and in no time they have the place barricaded, but seeing how they care for each other starts to drive Ben crazy with jealousy, so he leaves his brand new fortress to find (and kill) Janie, his friend from before. I like that too.
They continue making improvements to the fort when Joe and Travis turn up. Travis and Aileen have beef, but she's willing to let him in for food and shelter, because she likes Joe and recognizes the severity of the situation. Nice character development. They ask for a med kit for Aileen's leg and Travis is like "No" and Aileen is like "That's fine, I don't want your junk anyway" but Owen is angry that he's not willing to help them given the help they are offering and says only Joe can come in. More character development. Owen started island life as a crying jello pile so this is a change. He and Travis fight about his coming in and Travis tries to stab Owen with a scalpel, but Aileen gets in the middle of the fight to try and control the situation and ends up stabbed in the throat on accident.
I know this isn't an Owen write up, but I read the next thread he's in anyway (after a one shot) and in that one Travis kills him immediately. He calls for his new friend, not caring that letting Travis know he has a new companion means he's putting them in danger. He just wants someone to help him. Travis waits and if his new friend had come out to help him, he would have killed her immediately.
I only mention this because Aileen and Owen both have development on island but their development is exactly in the opposite directions. Owen starts as cowardly, sweet and trusting. Aileen starts as abrasive, paranoid and controlling. Aileen ends willing to compromise and she sacrifices herself for Owen's sake. Owen ends hardened, distrusting and willing to throw his new companion under the bus for a shot at survival.
I had this joke about making a cry counter for Owen, but he doesn't shed a tear after Aileen dies, just enters a trance state and buries her. Weirdly, I think he meant more to her than she did to him.
Aileen steadily improves in every thread starting from her truly baffling pregame to a decent character in her last thread. However, I can't recommend her because she's so uneven and it takes a long time to get to the point where she's an enjoyable character. I felt so alienated from Aileen a lot of the time I found myself clinging to Owen and Joe as the point of view characters. I would recommend Owen though and if you read him, you'll get her anyway. It's really commendable that Bik improved the way he did, but he has stronger v5 fare.
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